Sundance Opening Film 'The Bronze' Gets Summer Release Date

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'The Bronze'

The Bryan Buckley-directed film has been given a July 31 wide release by Relativity.

Bryan Buckley's The Bronze becomes the latest Sundance film to nab a summer release date.

The comedy, the opening-night title at the Park City film festival in January, has been given a July 31 wide release, distributor Relativity announced on Friday. The film will have a limited release on July 10.

The Bronze revolves around a former Olympic gymnast portrayed by Melissa Rauch, with a cast featuring Gary Cole and Thomas Middleditch.

U.S. rights were acquired by Relativity for a figure in the range of $3 million, sources previously told The Hollywood Reporter. International rights went to Sony.

In a festival review, THR's chief film critic Todd McCarthy wrote that Buckley "brings energy to his directorial feature debut but precious little style."

With a wide release on July 31, the title may serve as counterprogramming against Paramount tentpole Mission Impossible 5, which recently vacated its Christmas release plan to avoid a showdown with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Other films planned for release that weekend include Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw and Ryan Reynolds' thriller Self/Less.

The Bronze is one of multiple titles to emerge from Sundance with a theatrical debut in the next few months.

Rick Famuyiwa's dramedy Dope is set to hit theaters on June 12, while Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is getting a limited release on July 1. The latter film nabbed the grand jury prize at Sundance.

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